Supporters in Metro Vancouver plan to open stores selling MDMA, cocaine and more this month as the state decriminalizes possession of several drugs.
Jerry Martin says providing safe supplies is an important part of disaster mitigation and believes his new store will save lives.
“Basically, we’re going to provide safe, tested drugs that will definitely reduce overdoses,” he said.
Martin plans to stock MDMA, methamphetamine, cocaine, crack cocaine and heroin. Of course, he has to source the drugs illegally, but he says he makes sure the drugs are tested and safe before selling them in brick-and-mortar stores.
He’s still pining down the exact location since the Via Cordoba storefront was recently removed, but he’s confident the store will be open by the time BC decriminalizes possession on January 31. .
It will be called The Drugs Store and will operate a delivery service called DrugsDash.
Martin ran the first cannabis dispensary in Saskatchewan for several years before moving to Delta, British Columbia.
His brother died of an overdose a few months ago, and he lost another brother to a drug-dealing-related murder. rice field.
Martin admits that opening a store is risky because trafficking in controlled substances is still illegal, and says he is prepared to be arrested. If that finally happens, he plans to initiate legal challenges related to Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
He focuses on Section 7, which guarantees people life, liberty, and personal security.
“We need to allow people to use safe, tested drugs so they don’t overdose,” Martin said.
Vancouverites can purchase legal cannabis from government-licensed stores and can also purchase psilocybin mushrooms from several illegal but not closed pharmacies.Government run Efforts for a safer supply It also provides access to opioids in Vancouver for selected participants.
But Vancouver still doesn’t have a brick-and-mortar store where customers can buy their favorite medicines without a prescription.
BC will begin a three-year pilot in which possession of up to 2.5 grams of opioids, cocaine, methamphetamine, or MDMA is discouraged. It will run from January 31, 2023 to January 31, 2026.